Academic highlight: Jay-Z and the Court’s Fourth Amendment jurisprudence
on Jul 30, 2012 at 10:34 am
The Court just completed a blockbuster Term, and in a few short months the Justices will reconvene to tackle another set of significant and controversial cases. So we could all use some lighthearted distraction during this summer interlude. Professor Caleb Mason provides it with his recent Essay, Jay-Z’s 99 Problems, Verse 2: A Close Reading With Fourth Amendment Guidance for Cops and Perps. Professor Mason uses the lyrics of the song 99 Problems to review the last thirty years of the Supreme Court’s Fourth Amendment jurisprudence, including Terry v. Ohio (1968), Whren v. United States (1996), and the more recently decided Arizona v. Gant (2009). The Essay is as educational as it is amusing. I highly recommend it to all, and particularly to rising first-year law students who want a jump start on criminal procedure.